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Refreshed 1 July 03 | Various FReepers

Posted on 07/01/2003 9:34:44 AM PDT by TPartyType


Welcome Newcomers!

This Sandbox is devoted to giving you a place to practice basic HTML, and to get some coaching.


So, first things first:

Go to michigander's [ HTML Bootcamp (Cyber patriot training)] and learn there how to change font color, font size, font face, and the like.
THERE'S A WEALTH OF INFORMATION THERE NOT COVERED HERE (so as to avoid duplication).
Learn there also how to post a link and an image, then come back here to practice.

If you're having problems, folks will drop by occasionally to give you pointers and help you troubleshoot.


Boring posts are a crime . . .

So practice here first!


NEWCOMERS TIP: I just reread the FreeRepublic posting guidelines. They're worth a read by all newcomers [click here].


Following is an excellent previous post by Willie Green

But first, HTML advice from the FreeRepublic help page:

Basic HTML
The Free Republic forum uses standard HTML coding techniques. Use <p> to start new paragraphs. You may use <b> to begin bolding and <center> to center text, but please remember to end these items where appropriate with </b> and/or </center>, etc. If you post links or other advanced coding, be sure to test before posting.

Creating new paragraphs is about the only html that most posters ever need, but if you would like to learn more about html you may use any search engine on the internet to find tutorials. Simply search on "html tutorial". Here are links to a couple tutorials that I found:

The Basics

Paragraphs, Line Breaks and Horizontal Lines
A lengthy article or reply can be very tedious to read if it does not contain some very simple HTML formating. Inserting either of the following codes will make your post much more readable:


Character Formatting
Simple special effects may be created using Character Formatting Codes. These codes are used in pairs in the format: <?>words to be formatted</?>, where <?> turns the formatting "ON" and </?> turns the formating "OFF".

Please: ALWAYS turn "OFF" the formatting when you use it.

Some commonly used codes of this type are:

These codes can be "nested" to produce multiple effects at the same time. For instance:

<b><i>Bold and Italic</i></b> produces Bold and Italic


Links
The method for posting a HTML link is fairly simple. The following format is used:

<a HREF="URL">Link Description</a>

where "URL" is the URL address you want to link to (and you gotta use the double quotes), and Link Description is whatever you want to call your link. For example:

<a HREF="http://www.drudgereport.com/">Link to Drudge</a>

becomes Link to Drudge


And another from the same previous post:

<FONT COLOR="COLOR">Sample</FONT> produces colorful text.

"COLOR" is often a Hexidecimal Code for whatever Color you want, but color names are also supported.
Examples:

<FONT COLOR="blue">blue text</font> produces blue text

<FONT COLOR="red">red text</font> produces red text

<FONT COLOR="green">green text</font> produces green text


To: foolproof formatting

Here is an easy way to REMEMBER TO TURN OFF THE FORMATTING.

To be sure I turn off the formatting I TYPE THE "OFF" COMMAND AT THE SAME TIME AS THE "ON" COMMAND.

An example:
I want to respond to a line in a post by another brilliant Freeper.
I type < I >""< /I >< BR>
I then "cut and paste" his remarks between the quotes:
< i>" You are a poopy head "< /I>< BR>
And type my equally brilliant response: "No, you're a poopy head!"
The result:

"You are a poopy head"
No, you're a poopy head!

It's very easy to forget to turn off your formatting!
Yes it is!


To: ftrader, deport

Actually, the <ul> tag is for a bulleted list and stands for unordered list. The missing part is the list item tag (<li>) Here's an example:

<ul>
<li>List item #1
<li>List item #2
<li>List item #3
</ul>

Would display:


Finally . . .

Here's the link for [Webmonkey] (a super HTML training site).


Click here for previous HTML Sandbox thread.



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To: GonzoII
The plague on the firstborn

The Daily Psalms:

Friday

Douay Rheims Version

 

MATINS: First Nocturn

 

Psalm 77
Attendite

God's great benefits to the people of Israel, notwithstanding their ingratitude.

1 Understanding for Asaph. ATTEND, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth in parables: I will utter propositions from the beginning. 3 How great things have we heard and known, and our fathers have told us. 4 They have not been hidden from their children, in another generation. Declaring the praises of the Lord, and his powers, and his wonders which he hath done. 5 And he set up a testimony in Jacob: and made a law in Israel. How great things he commanded our fathers, that they should make the same known to their children: 6 that another generation might know them. The children that should be born and should rise up, and declare them to their children. 7 That they may put their hope in God and may not forget the works of God: and may seek his commandments. 8 That they may not become like their fathers, a perverse end exasperating generation. A generation that set not their heart aright: and whose spirit was not faithful to God. 9 The sons of Ephraim who bend and shoot with the bow: they have turned back in the day of battle. 10 They kept not the covenant of God: and in his law they would not walk. 11 And they forgot his benefits, and his wonders that he had shewn them. 12 Wonderful things did he do in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Tanis. 13 He divided the sea and brought them through: and he made the waters to stand as in a vessel. 14 And he conducted them with a cloud by day: and all the night with a light of fire. 15 He struck the rock in the wilderness: and gave them to drink, as out of the great deep. 16 He brought forth water out of the rock: and made streams run down as rivers. 17 And they added yet more sin against him: they provoked the most High to wrath in the place without water. 18 And they tempted God in their hearts, by asking meat for their desires. 19 And they spoke ill of God: they said: Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? 20 Because he struck the rock, and the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed. Can he also give bread, or provide a table for his people? 21 Therefore the Lord heard, and was angry: and a fire was kindled against Jacob, and wrath came up against Israel. 22 Because they believed not in God: and trusted not in his salvation. 23 And he had commanded the clouds from above, and had opened the doors of heaven. 24 And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them the bread of heaven. 25 Man ate the bread of angels: he sent them provisions in abundance. 26 He removed the south wind from heaven: and by his power brought in the southwest wind. 27 And he rained upon them flesh as dust: and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea. 28 And they fell in the midst of their camp, round about their pavilions. 29 So they did eat, and were filled exceedingly, and he gave them their desire: 30 They were not defrauded of that which they craved. As yet their meat was in their mouth: 31 And the wrath of God came upon them. And he slew the fat ones amongst them, and brought down the chosen men of Israel.
Haydock’s Bible Commentary

 

Divine Office "Liturgy of the Hours"

The Psalms: The Perfect Prayer Book for Everyone

 

"Quodcúmque díxerit vobis, fácite".
Our Lady of Light
"Ego sum Alpha et Omega, princípium
et finis, dicit Dóminus Deus : qui est,
et qui erat, et qui ventúrus est, omnípotens".

1,001 posted on 11/26/2008 8:41:37 AM PST by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: GonzoII
The plague on the firstborn

The Daily Psalms:

Friday

Douay Rheims Version

 

MATINS: First Nocturn

 

Psalm 77
Attendite

God's great benefits to the people of Israel, notwithstanding their ingratitude.

1 Understanding for Asaph. ATTEND, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth in parables: I will utter propositions from the beginning. 3 How great things have we heard and known, and our fathers have told us. 4 They have not been hidden from their children, in another generation. Declaring the praises of the Lord, and his powers, and his wonders which he hath done. 5 And he set up a testimony in Jacob: and made a law in Israel. How great things he commanded our fathers, that they should make the same known to their children: 6 that another generation might know them. The children that should be born and should rise up, and declare them to their children. 7 That they may put their hope in God and may not forget the works of God: and may seek his commandments. 8 That they may not become like their fathers, a perverse end exasperating generation. A generation that set not their heart aright: and whose spirit was not faithful to God. 9 The sons of Ephraim who bend and shoot with the bow: they have turned back in the day of battle. 10 They kept not the covenant of God: and in his law they would not walk. 11 And they forgot his benefits, and his wonders that he had shewn them. 12 Wonderful things did he do in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Tanis. 13 He divided the sea and brought them through: and he made the waters to stand as in a vessel. 14 And he conducted them with a cloud by day: and all the night with a light of fire. 15 He struck the rock in the wilderness: and gave them to drink, as out of the great deep. 16 He brought forth water out of the rock: and made streams run down as rivers. 17 And they added yet more sin against him: they provoked the most High to wrath in the place without water. 18 And they tempted God in their hearts, by asking meat for their desires. 19 And they spoke ill of God: they said: Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? 20 Because he struck the rock, and the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed. Can he also give bread, or provide a table for his people? 21 Therefore the Lord heard, and was angry: and a fire was kindled against Jacob, and wrath came up against Israel.


1,002 posted on 11/27/2008 8:41:09 AM PST by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: GonzoII
The plague on the firstborn

The Daily Psalms:

Friday

Douay Rheims Version

 

MATINS: First Nocturn

 

Psalm 77
Attendite

God's great benefits to the people of Israel, notwithstanding their ingratitude.

1 Understanding for Asaph. ATTEND, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth in parables: I will utter propositions from the beginning. 3 How great things have we heard and known, and our fathers have told us. 4 They have not been hidden from their children, in another generation. Declaring the praises of the Lord, and his powers, and his wonders which he hath done. 5 And he set up a testimony in Jacob: and made a law in Israel. How great things he commanded our fathers, that they should make the same known to their children: 6 that another generation might know them. The children that should be born and should rise up, and declare them to their children. 7 That they may put their hope in God and may not forget the works of God: and may seek his commandments. 8 That they may not become like their fathers, a perverse end exasperating generation. A generation that set not their heart aright: and whose spirit was not faithful to God. 9 The sons of Ephraim who bend and shoot with the bow: they have turned back in the day of battle. 10 They kept not the covenant of God: and in his law they would not walk. 11 And they forgot his benefits, and his wonders that he had shewn them. 12 Wonderful things did he do in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Tanis. 13 He divided the sea and brought them through: and he made the waters to stand as in a vessel. 14 And he conducted them with a cloud by day: and all the night with a light of fire. 15 He struck the rock in the wilderness: and gave them to drink, as out of the great deep. 16 He brought forth water out of the rock: and made streams run down as rivers. 17 And they added yet more sin against him: they provoked the most High to wrath in the place without water. 18 And they tempted God in their hearts, by asking meat for their desires. 19 And they spoke ill of God: they said: Can God furnish a table in the wilderness? 20 Because he struck the rock, and the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed. Can he also give bread, or provide a table for his people? 21 Therefore the Lord heard, and was angry: and a fire was kindled against Jacob, and wrath came up against Israel.


1,003 posted on 11/27/2008 8:45:42 AM PST by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: GonzoII
The oldest surviving panel icon of Christ Pantocrator, encaustic on panel, c. 6th century.

The Daily Psalms:

Wednesday

Douay Rheims Version

 

MATINS: First Nocturn

 

Psalm 44
Eructavit Cor Meus

The excellence of Christ's kingdom, and the endowments of his Church.

1 Unto the end, for them that shall be changed, for the sons of Core, for understanding. A canticle for the Beloved. 2 MY heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the king: My tongue is the pen of a scrivener that writeth swiftly. 3 Thou art beautiful above the sons of men: grace is poured abroad in thy lips; therefore hath God blessed thee for ever. 4 Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O thou most mighty. 5 With thy comeliness and thy beauty set out, proceed prosperously, and reign. Because of truth and meekness and justice: and thy right hand shall conduct thee wonderfully. 6 Thy arrows are sharp: under thee shall people fall, into the hearts of the king's enemies. 7 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a sceptre of uprightness. 8 Thou hast loved justice, and hated iniquity: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. 9 Myrrh and stacte and cassia perfume thy garments, from the ivory houses: out of which 10 the daughters of kings have delighted thee in thy glory. The queen stood on thy right hand, in gilded clothing; surrounded with variety. 11 Hearken, O daughter, and see, and incline thy ear: and forget thy people and thy father's house. 12 And the king shall greatly desire thy beauty; for he is the Lord thy God, and him they shall adore. 13 And the daughters of Tyre with gifts, yea, all the rich among the people, shall entreat thy countenance. 14 All the glory of the king's daughter is within in golden borders, 15 clothed round about with varieties. After her shall virgins be brought to the king: her neighbours shall be brought to thee. 16 They shall be brought with gladness and rejoicing: they shall be brought into the temple of the king. 17 Instead of thy fathers, sons are born to thee: thou shalt make them princes over all the earth. 18 They shall remember thy name throughout all generations. Therefore shall people praise thee for ever; yea, for ever and ever.
Haydock’s Bible Commentary


1,004 posted on 11/29/2008 3:06:31 AM PST by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: GonzoII

You Can Find the Remaining Six Days of "The Daily Psalms Here


1,005 posted on 12/02/2008 9:48:13 AM PST by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: TPartyType
test picture

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1,006 posted on 12/03/2008 2:54:02 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: MattinNJ
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As for me, I drive a 2005 Buick Lacrosse CXS that looks just like this. It's sweet... < center>< img src="http://img2.netcarshow.com/Buick-LaCrosse_CXS_2005_800x600_wallpaper_04.jpg">

1,007 posted on 12/04/2008 7:05:12 PM PST by TruthFactor (The Death of Nations: Pornography, Homosexuality, Abortion)
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To: TruthFactor
As for me, I drive a 2005 Buick Lacrosse CXS that looks just like this. It's sweet...

1,008 posted on 12/04/2008 7:07:02 PM PST by TruthFactor (The Death of Nations: Pornography, Homosexuality, Abortion)
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To: GonzoII

Monday, Feb. 24, 1992

Cover Story: The Holy Alliance

By CARL BERNSTEIN

But Reagan and the Pope spent only a few minutes reviewing events in the Middle East. Instead they remained focused on a subject much closer to their heart: Poland and the Soviet dominance of Eastern Europe. In that meeting, Reagan and the Pope agreed to undertake a clandestine campaign to hasten the dissolution of the communist empire...

1,009 posted on 12/05/2008 2:58:20 PM PST by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: GonzoII

Monday, Feb. 24, 1992

Cover Story: The Holy Alliance

By CARL BERNSTEIN

 

But Reagan and the Pope spent only a few minutes reviewing events in the Middle East. Instead they remained focused on a subject much closer to their heart: Poland and the Soviet dominance of Eastern Europe. In that meeting, Reagan and the Pope agreed to undertake a clandestine campaign to hasten the dissolution of the communist empire...

1,010 posted on 12/05/2008 3:04:28 PM PST by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: GonzoII

Monday, Feb. 24, 1992

Cover Story: The Holy Alliance

By CARL BERNSTEIN

 

But Reagan and the Pope spent only a few minutes reviewing events in the Middle East. Instead they remained focused on a subject much closer to their heart: Poland and the Soviet dominance of Eastern Europe. In that meeting, Reagan and the Pope agreed to undertake a clandestine campaign to hasten the dissolution of the communist empire...

1,011 posted on 12/05/2008 3:08:46 PM PST by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: GonzoII

Daniel Carroll a Signer of the U.S. Constitution and U.S. Representative in the First Federal Congress (1789-179)


Charles Carroll a Signer of the Declaration of Independence and a Senator in the First U.S. Federal Congress (1789-1791)


Thomas Fitzsimons a Signer of the U.S. Constitution and U.S. Representative in the First Federal Congress (1789-1791)


1,012 posted on 12/22/2008 7:12:12 AM PST by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: GonzoII
Trying out italics Lets see if this works. I sure hope it does.
1,013 posted on 12/25/2008 1:09:24 PM PST by zarodinu
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To: zarodinu
Trying out italics Lets see if this works.

I sure hope it does.

1,014 posted on 12/25/2008 1:10:31 PM PST by zarodinu
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To: TPartyType

Mo Ping


1,015 posted on 12/25/2008 5:00:51 PM PST by Chinstrap61a
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To: GonzoII

Christmas Memories

Each year, when the nights are cold and the days are short, Christians gather together to remember and relive the Christmas story. The Gospels of Luke and Matthew tell a tale full of mystery and surprise. A child is born in an obscure corner of a poor land. He is a child like other children; his parents are people like us; his times are troubled as ours are; the circumstances of his birth — humble, inconvenient, secluded — familiar. Yet the Child was God Himself. His coming divided human history into two parts — that which came before His birth and that which comes after it. He is the center of our faith. And the annual feast of Christmas has become both a spiritual and a social focal point. It’s an occasion to gather as families and communities to remember the coming of Jesus.

1,016 posted on 01/02/2009 4:16:32 AM PST by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: GonzoII

Christmas Memories

Each year, when the nights are cold and the days are short, Christians gather together to remember and relive the Christmas story. The Gospels of Luke and Matthew tell a tale full of mystery and surprise. A child is born in an obscure corner of a poor land. He is a child like other children; his parents are people like us; his times are troubled as ours are; the circumstances of his birth — humble, inconvenient, secluded — familiar. Yet the Child was God Himself. His coming divided human history into two parts — that which came before His birth and that which comes after it. He is the center of our faith. And the annual feast of Christmas has become both a spiritual and a social focal point. It’s an occasion to gather as families and communities to remember the coming of Jesus.

1,017 posted on 01/02/2009 4:20:44 AM PST by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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1,018 posted on 01/16/2009 10:11:05 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet ("Don't confuse what you got a right to do with what's right to do." Bill Bennett)
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To: ntnychik

Fun times in the ‘old days’.....


1,019 posted on 01/19/2009 9:44:25 AM PST by potlatch
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To: Tunehead54
The lowdown on The Weatherman Underground (William Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn)


Testing ... ;-)
1,020 posted on 02/01/2009 8:17:23 AM PST by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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Testing. 123, testing.


1,021 posted on 03/01/2009 12:11:10 PM PST by BykrBayb (May God have mercy on our souls. ~ Þ)
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Testing. 123, testing. Þ


1,022 posted on 03/01/2009 12:11:28 PM PST by BykrBayb (May God have mercy on our souls. ~ Þ)
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[IMG]http://i402.photobucket.com/albums/pp102/HOKMike/mccain.jpg[/IMG]


1,023 posted on 03/04/2009 8:24:26 PM PST by zacharycole
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To: zacharycole
http://i402.photobucket.com/albums/pp102/HOKMike/mccain.jpg
1,024 posted on 03/04/2009 8:40:29 PM PST by zacharycole
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To: zacharycole

1,025 posted on 03/04/2009 8:45:47 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (Atlas Shrugged Mode: ON)
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To: flattorney
NHRA No. 30 Greatest: What Chris Karamesines lacks in NHRA national event wins (none) he's more than made up for in near-mythical tales generated during a six-decade career. Equipped with a fearless driving style that was largely influenced by his stint behind the wheel of stock cars on dirt tracks in the early 1950s, "the Greek" has probably saved more runs in his popular series of Chizler dragsters from full-throttle wheelstands or completely sideways launches than any other driver would dare claim.
Motorsports Hall of Fame of America: The vast majority of inductees in the Motorsports Hall of Fame have amassed astounding records on the track, but there’s more to a successful career than a checklist of wins and losses. Numerous individuals have had dramatic impacts on their chosen fields of competition without ever having challenged the statisticians, and such is the case with the man known from Coast to Coast as “The Greek,” Chris Karamesines. Just as Hall of Famers “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, Shirley Muldowney and “TV Tom” Ivo played significant roles in helping make drag racing an accepted form of motorsports, so too has Chris Karamesines, but unlike those mentioned, “The Greek” is still driving his 7,000 horsepower Top Fuel dragster in his seventh decade! To understand Karamesines’s impact on the sport one must look far beyond his unofficial breaking of the 200 MPH barrier back in the early 60s. Prior to the time of Karamesines’s remarkable run at Alton Dragway in Illinois the Windy City native had impressed West Coast fans with his showmanship, competitive performances and, most importantly, his unmatched personality. Soft-spoken to a fault and bearing an often uncanny resemblance to movie star Caesar Romero at the height of his box office appeal, when “The Greek” climbed out of his car and said things like, “I went so fast that time my mustache almost caught fire!” people listened –and didn’t forget.

TEST ~ TAB

1,026 posted on 03/14/2009 10:35:48 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: flattorney
NHRA No. 30 Greatest: What Chris Karamesines lacks in NHRA national event wins (none) he's more than made up for in near-mythical tales generated during a six-decade career. Equipped with a fearless driving style that was largely influenced by his stint behind the wheel of stock cars on dirt tracks in the early 1950s, "the Greek" has probably saved more runs in his popular series of Chizler dragsters from full-throttle wheelstands or completely sideways launches than any other driver would dare claim.
Motorsports Hall of Fame of America: The vast majority of inductees in the Motorsports Hall of Fame have amassed astounding records on the track, but there’s more to a successful career than a checklist of wins and losses. Numerous individuals have had dramatic impacts on their chosen fields of competition without ever having challenged the statisticians, and such is the case with the man known from Coast to Coast as “The Greek,” Chris Karamesines. Just as Hall of Famers “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, Shirley Muldowney and “TV Tom” Ivo played significant roles in helping make drag racing an accepted form of motorsports, so too has Chris Karamesines, but unlike those mentioned, “The Greek” is still driving his 7,000 horsepower Top Fuel dragster in his seventh decade! To understand Karamesines’s impact on the sport one must look far beyond his unofficial breaking of the 200 MPH barrier back in the early 60s. Prior to the time of Karamesines’s remarkable run at Alton Dragway in Illinois the Windy City native had impressed West Coast fans with his showmanship, competitive performances and, most importantly, his unmatched personality. Soft-spoken to a fault and bearing an often uncanny resemblance to movie star Caesar Romero at the height of his box office appeal, when “The Greek” climbed out of his car and said things like, “I went so fast that time my mustache almost caught fire!” people listened –and didn’t forget.

TEST ~ TAB

1,027 posted on 03/14/2009 10:47:54 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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To: flattorney

March 12-15, 2009
3rd of 24 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Events
Event Schedule | Entry List | Team Reports | Live Audiocast (WMPlayer Direct) | Results
2008 Winners: TF Tony Schumacher ~ FC Tony Pedregon, ~ PS Jeg Coughlin ~ PSM Matt Guidera

Tickets | Fans Assistance KBase | Gainesville Chamber of Commerce
The Gatornationals attracts significant crowds. Many good local area hotels are booked months in advance.
Parking can be problematic so all fans must arrive several hours before championship racing starts.

Weather: Gainesville Race Track Maps: US Surface SEast: Surface IR Satellite Live Radar: 1 2 3
Forecasts may be inaccurate. Florida's Spring weather is unpredictable and can change on short notice.
      The Gatornationals is the NHRA East Coast opener and the season’s first of seventeen(17) events for Pro Stock Motorcycle riders. It's one of the sport’s most revered races with a rich tradition of history-making performances. It also typically hosts one of the largest event attendance of the NHRA championship drag racing season. And with good weather, the 40th Annual NHRA ACDelco Gatornationals should be no different with cash and contingency awards totaling more than $2 million. This hallowed race track has produced the first 260 mph Top Fuel and Funny Car runs in 1984, and the first 270 mph and 300 mph Top Fuel passes in 1986 and 1992, respectively. During the 2000 NHRA Gatornationals, eight of ten National records were set in the professional classes. Gainesville Raceway's starting line 675 feet concrete launchpad, flat racing surface, and very long shutdown area, makes it one of the drivers' favorite on the tour.
      Gainesville Raceway opened in 1969 and held its first Gatornationals event in 1970. It’s the fourth oldest event on the NHRA Championship Drag Racing annual tour, behind the U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis, and the Winternationals and NHRA Finals at Pomona. Following the 2003 season, Gainesville Raceway has continued to undergo significant renovations. In 2008, a new $2.6 million three-story state-of-the-art control tower was completed, which is located directly behind the drag strip’s starting line. The track offices are on the first floor, race-control operations on the second floor, and a spacious media center on the top floor.
      Gainesville Raceway is the home of Frank Hawley's Drag Racing School, which for twenty-four years has been the leading school for drivers competing in the NHRA. Gainesville, and Gainesville Raceway, are also home to the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame. On Thursday, March 12, 2009, the 2009 inductees will be honored at the Annual International Hall Of Fame Banquet being held at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center, Gainesville. The Gatornationals is noted for attracting a "who's who" of NHRA legends. Many attend unannounced and can be found in the pit areas. Don Garlits, NHRA No. 1 Greatest, will be attending the full Gatornationals event. Darrell Gwynn, NHRA No. 32nd Greatest, will be attending the Finals, on Sunday, March 15, 2009, in behalf of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, which is an official charity of the NHRA. ~ FlA
      The Four Championship Drag Racing Divisions Event Schedule
Fri. 03.13.09: Pro Stock Qualifying Session 1 (PS Motorcycle; PS Car): 11:30 am
Nitro Qualifying Session 1 (Funny Car; Top Fuel Dragster): 12:30 pm
Pro Stock Qualifying Session 2 - 2:30 pm
Nitro Qualifying Session 2 - 3:30 pm
Sat. 03.14.09: Pro Stock Qualifying Session 3 - 11:30 am
Nitro Qualifying Session 3 - 12:30 pm
Pro Stock Qualifying Session 4 - 2:30 pm
Nitro Qualifying Session 4 - 3:30 pm
Sun. 03.15.09: Pre-Race Ceremonies: 10:00 am
Final Eliminations: 11:00 am
      ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals Coverage (ET)
Sun, 03.15 Qualifying 2:00 am - 4:00 am (ESPN2)
Sun, 03.15 Repeat Qualifying 10:00 am - 11:30 am (ESPN2)
Sun, 03.15 NHRA Race Day 11:30 am - 12:00 pm (ESPN2)
Sun, 03.15 Eliminations 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm (ESPN) (1)(2)
Wed, 03.18 Repeat Eliminations 2:30 am - 4:30 am (ESPN2)
(1) Note channel change from ESPN2 to ESPN
(2) Watch Full Coverage On-Line at ESPN 360


Can’t get interviews from some of the NHRA drivers.
No problem, ESPN sends in a Brut Girl to get “the dirt”.


Photos, Greg & Kim Anderson: The media often calls John Force the Dale Earnhardt Sr. of drag racing. But the person that most reminds me of Dale is, without question, 3 time (2003-5) NHRA Pro Stock World Champion Greg Anderson. Greg has many of Dale’s mannerism, is a great guy, and a very tough competitor with 57 NHRA event wins. 2009 will be Greg’s 11th NHRA racing season. His wife Kim is on the starting line every time Greg makes a 1/4 mile pass. And, the male drag racing fans love her – more like lust for her. NHRA Profile | His Site Bio | Racing History ~ fla

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1,028 posted on 03/14/2009 1:20:35 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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The FR 2009 NHRA Championship Drag Racing Thread
No Turns. . . No Pit Stops. . . Just White Knuckles Ground Pounding Speed



NHRA-CDR: Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle <> HRH: Top Fuel, Funny Car, Groups 1 & 2
Drag School Locations: Gainesville & Pomona ~ Frank Hawley, 2 Time NHRA Funny Car World Champion
NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series Schedule - Full Nostalgia Drag Racing Schedule
2009 NHRA Full Throttle Championship Drag Racing Schedule
For Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Pro Stock cars there are twenty-four(24) racing events in the 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Series divided between a regular season and playoffs format. The regular season eighteen(18) “Countdown to 10” races concludes at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis. The final six(6) playoffs “Countdown to 1” races begins at the NHRA Nationals, Charlotte and concludes at the NHRA Finals, Pomona. After the first 18 races, only the top 10 drivers in each of the divisions advance to the Countdown to 1, based on total points won. Their points are reset to within 10 of each another except for the points leader who will have a 30-point advantage over second place. The drivers will then compete for NHRA Full Throttle Championships. Drivers earn NHRA national event points as follows: Winner 100; Runner-up 80; Third-round loser 60; Second-round loser 40; First-round loser 20. Additional points are awarded at national events as follows: 10 points to all contestants - 1 qualifying run required. Qualifying positions earn points as follows: 1st 8; 2nd 7; 3rd 6; 4th 5; 5th & 6th 4; 7th & 8th 3; 9th thru 12th 2; 13th thru 16th 1. For the highly popular Pro Stock Motorcycles, they follow the same championship format as the other three divisions. However, their 2009 regular season is twelve(12) Countdown to 10 races, which begins at the legendary NHRA Gatornationals, Gainesville. Their Countdown to 1 playoffs is the final five(5) races, which like the other three divisions, begins at the NHRA Nationals, Charlotte, and concludes at the NHRA Finals, Pomona. However, they do not race at the October 9-11th Virginia NHRA Nationals, Richmond. ~ fla

NHRA RaceDay | Full Throttle Championship Drag Racing | Classic NHRA

Watch NHRA Finals On-Line
ESPN begins its ninth consecutive year of NHRA action with same-day coverage of qualifying and eliminations on ESPN2 and ESPN2-HD. Paul Page anchors the coverage with analysis by 22-time NHRA winner Mike Dunn. Gary Gerould and Dave Rieff report from the pits. Rieff and Dunn also host NHRA RaceDay to set the stage for that day’s eliminations action. NHRA drag racing is also being broadcast on the American Forces Network and for the eighth year on TSN (Canada). Websites: Paul Page Blog | Mike Dunn
Paul and Mike are an outstanding broadcasting team and a major asset. NHRA would not be the same without these two in the booth. Here’s a great “inside look” article Paul wrote on Feb. 6, 2009.
NHRA Official: News | Media Center | Notebook | Tracks Directory | Staff
Owners/Crew Chiefs | Drivers: Profiles Blogs | Dragster Insider | Ticketmaster-NHRA


Auto Imagery – 2009 NHRA
NHRA: Photos | Videos | Full Throttle TV || Competition Plus | Flickr-NHRA


NHRA Top 50 Greatest Drivers | Greatest Races | Photos: Legends in Action '09 Photos
1974-2008 NHRA World Champions | Quarter-Mile Record Holders (1,000 feet nitro records not recognized)
NHRA Founder Wally Parks RIP Tribute | MotorSports Hall of Fame-NHRA
Petersen Automotive Museum
Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing 741 Photos | Smithsonian: Don Garlits "Swamp Rat XXX"









About the "Wally" Winners Trophy | Drag Racing Basics
Lingo: Drag Racing | Racers Definitive List | Nostalgia Racers
What's occurs in the pits between a race: The 75 minute turaround(PDF)
The Sound’s of NHRA Nitro Racing: Nitro Motor Start-up | Top Fuel Dragster “Pass”
(Windows Media Player Direct Links)



Remembering Drag Racers Lost doing what they and we love

Additional Resources, Off-Thread Items, and Comments
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March 27-29, 2009
4th of 24 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Events
First of Five O'Reilly Auto Parts Sponsored '09 NHRA Events
Spring Nationals, Houston ~ Midwest Nationals, St. Louis ~ Summer Nationals, Topeka
Fall Nationals, Dallas ~ Mid-South Nationals, Memphis
Event Schedule | Entry List | Team Reports | Live Audiocast (WMPlayer Direct) | Results
2008 Winners: TF Antron Brown ~ FC Del Worsham ~ PS Greg Anderson ~ PSM Matt Smith

Fans Assistance KBase | Tickets | Weather: Baytown Race Track
Surface Maps: U.S. SCentral SC IR Satellite | Live Radar: Multi NWS Severe Storm Loop
Forecasts may be inaccurate. Houston Spring weather is unpredictable and can change on short notice.
      FlA Says: After the legendary NHRA Gatornationals comes the legendary Spring Nationals. While this is the 22nd event at Houston Raceway Park, the first Spring Nationals was held in 1965 - Champion Spark Plugs NHRA Spring Nationals, Bristol Dragway - which makes this event the third oldest on the NHRA tour. Prior to moving to Houston, the Spring Nationals was held at National Trail Raceway, Columbus Ohio, since 1972. Before Columbus, it was held at Dallas International Motor Speedway from 1969-71 after Bristol Dragway switched to AHRA sanction.
      NHRA Funny Car driver and visionary Billy Meyer built the Texas Motorplex supertrack south of Dallas in Ennis. Debuting in 1986, it was a state-of-the art facility with an all concrete drag strip. With the long standing Dallas-Houston rivalry we(my hometown of Houston) demanded a new drag racing supertrack. Houston Raceway Park("HRP") was built in 1988 by Greg(President) and Seth Angel(Track Manager, "Angel Brothers" Enterprises) and is situated on 500 acres on the eastern edge of the greater Houston metropolitan(Harris County) area in Baytown. The drag strip has a large three story tower building that incorporates 23 VIP suites, a media center, and race control facilities equipped with state-of-the-art timing and scoring equipment.
      HRP's first NHRA national event, in the Fall of 1988, established it as one of the sport’s quickest with NHRA’s first four-second Top Fuel quarter-mile pass and a new national record. Since then, the track has been host to a dizzying array of record runs, including the first sub-4.5 seconds Top Fuel quarter-mile pass by Larry Dixon in 1999. The current HRP quarter-mile track records are Top Fuel dragster: ET 4.480 secs, Gary Scelzi, Oct 1999 - MPH 335.32, Tony Schumacher, Apr 2005; Funny Car: ET 4.695 secs, John Force, Mar 2006 - MPH 328.06, John Force, Mar 2006; Pro Stock: ET 6.649 secs, Jeg Coughlin, Mar 2007 - MPH 208.59, Greg Anderson, Mar 2007; and Pro Stock Motorcycle: ET 6.947 secs, Angelle Sampey, Mar 2007 - MPH 195.73, Andrew Hines, Apr 2005.
      The largest problem for the Spring Nationals is the annual Spring rains and/or overcast, humid, and windy conditions. Also, daily weather fluctuations this time of year can make the track very tricky for the pro drivers and crew-chiefs. It appears the track will be tricky again this year with a weather forecast of isolated thunder storms for Friday's Day 1 Qualifying, from a front passing through the area that will drop the temperature 10-15 degrees. For Saturday's Day 2 Qualifying, a humid, windy, and partly cloudy high of only 65 degrees. For Sunday's Final Eliminations, a sunny high of 72 degrees with moderate winds and lower humidity.
      Over the last decade, the other problem has been the east side of Harris County has experienced several significant flood events that affected HRP's drag strip. Again, at last year's Spring Nationals, one lane had a significant problem due to a drop-off at the end of the concrete launch pad where the track transitions to asphalt. It was so bad that, for some nitro and pro stock cars, it unloaded their rear drag slicks when they went over it. In September 2008, Hurricane Ike - the third most destructive hurricane to ever make U.S. landfall - addressed this problem by causing over $100,000 of damage to Houston Raceway Park. Not only did Ike damage the track, it completely destroyed the two top-end scoreboards, and damaged the control tower.
      From insurance proceeds, the Angel Brothers had everything repaired and updated the facility. The entire drag strip was completely repaired and resurfaced, using an expensive road construction machine(see photo, 2nd post down), in two phases. The second phase, which consisted of resurfacing the concrete eighth-mile starting line launchpad, was completed in January 2009. The shutdown area gravel trap and catch-net was extended from 150 feet to 250 feet. For additional safety, the new finish-line scoreboards were placed 35 feet away from the retaining walls. The spectator parking lot was expanded along with new permanent lighting infrastructure. And, all VIP luxury suites and the HRP media center was completely remodeled and outfitted with 42-inch plasma TVs. HRP is now a newly renovated facility and drag strip with possibly the best racing surface on the NHRA tour.
      NHRA continues to experience reduced attendance at their 2009 Full Throttle events. Accordingly, they are again discounting selected tickets for the Spring Nationals. Their reduced selected tickets prices didn't appear to help attendance at the Gatornationals. It will be interesting to see what attendance is for the Spring Nationals. In the past, it has attracted very large crowds.
      The other good thing about having the Gatornationals and the Spring Nationals together is that, I strongly believe, Floridian and Texas women are the hottest in the Country. . . but I only waste one eye. My girlfriend likes a number of the NHRA drivers (more like she has the hots for some of them *lol*) so she enjoys our time in the pits when I get to tech talking too much. This will be my 17th time to attend the NHRA Spring Nationals. We fly to Houston Thursday evening, March 26, and are attending all three days of pro racing and hanging out in the pits with our group. It's my first trip back home since Christmas to see family and friends.

O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals ESPN2 Coverage (ET)
Sat, 03.28: Qualifying 8:00 - 9:00 pm (1)
Sun, 03.29: NHRA Race Day 11:00 - 11:30 am
Sun, 03.29: Eliminations 4:30 - 7:30 pm (2)
Mon, 03.30: Repeat Eliminations 2:30 - 4:30 am
(1) Only 1 hour, instead of 2, due to NCAA Basketball March Madness
(2) Watch Full Coverage On-Line at ESPN 360





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Top Fuel Tony Schumacher, Funny Car Ashley Force Hood, Pro Stock Ron Krisher
and Pro Stock Motorcycle Craig Win at NHRA Spring Nationals during a Day of Upsets
and more National, Track, and Personal Career Records Set


Pro Winners (l-r): Treble,
Krisher, Schumacher, Force Hood
Sunday March 29 2009, Baytown, Texas -- Ashley Force Hood raced to her second career victory on a record-setting day at the 22nd annual O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals Sunday at Houston Raceway Park.


Ashley Force Hood
The 26-year old Force Hood defeated her former drag racing instructor, Jack Beckman, to earn the win that vaulted her up from 10th to third place in the Funny Car standings. The other winners at the fourth of 24 races in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series were Tony Schumacher (Top Fuel), Ron Krisher (Pro Stock) and Craig Treble (Pro Stock Motorcycle).

"Our first win was against my dad (14-time NHRA champion John Force in the final round at Atlanta, 2008) . so to be able to race against another team's driver in the final and win it, we're maybe a bit more cheerful than after that first win," said Force Hood, who ran a 4.122 at 306.19 mph in the final found to nose out Beckman's 4.227 at 303.43.

Schumacher's win - a holeshot 3.881 at 314.75 (0.059 RT) in his U.S. Army dragster to Cory McClenathan's 3.880 at 313.66 (0.098 RT) in his FRAM dragster -- was his first of the season and the first for the U.S. Army team since parting ways with longtime crew chief Alan Johnson, who tuned the Army dragster to five straight NHRA Full Throttle Series Top Fuel world championships.


Tony Schumacher
"Everyone knows we don't have (Alan Johnson) anymore, and people said we couldn't win without him, so we had to dig deep, and I love 'suck it up' moments - bottom of the ninth, bases loaded - and that's what we had all day," said Schumacher, who moved up from fifth place in the TF points all the way to second place with his 57th career win (breaking a tie with Joe Amato; he's now solo sixth place on the all-time NHRA wins list).

The victory celebration was perhaps made just a bit sweeter for Schumacher as he used another holeshot to defeat Larry Dixon in the Alan Johnson Al-Anabi Racing dragster in the semifinals - 3.895 with a 0.082 RT to Dixon's 3.889 with a 0.104 RT.

"Winning on a holeshot, those are just numbers, man," Schumacher said. "Unless you have a great car that can leave like that, it doesn't mean anything, it takes the whole team. Take that exact same car with different pressure behind the barrel valve and it wouldn't leave at all. It's a group of guys doing a job and making me look good."


Ron Krisher
In Pro Stock, Krisher ran a solid 6.587 in his Valvoline Chevy Cobalt to defeat Jeg Coughlin's struggling 7.051 in his JEGS.com Chevy Cobalt.

"We did real good all day until the last round," Krisher said. "I let out the clutch and the car just spun and didn't go anywhere. We lost about six-hundredths to 60 feet and my light went right away with it. It was shaking and moving around, but I looked over and Jeggie was in worse shape than me so I decided I was going to stick with it."


Craig Treble
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Craig Treble steered his Team Scream Suzuki to a 6.915 that was more than enough to beat the 7.260 from first-year rider Douglas Horne, (Aberdeen, Md.), who was making just his second career start.

"Running out of my own pocket, I originally I had planned on cutting it off after Atlanta, but this buys us some time to try to find some financial backing, probably through Madison," Treble said.

This race, though, may be remembered as much for what happened before the final rounds as what happened in the final rounds. Fans who were in their seats early witnessed two national records, a spectacular Top Fuel explosion (by European champion Urs Erbacher), the first heads-up duel between Larry Dixon and Tony Schumacher (won by Schumacher in the semifinals) and the third heads-up duel between Ashley Force Hood and John Force (won by Force Hood in the quarterfinals).

The new national records were set by Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) and Mike Edwards (Pro Stock). Smith broke Angelle Sampey's nearly two-year-old record for elapsed time when he ran a 6.865 in a second-round win over defending series champion Eddie Krawiec. Mike Edwards set the new record for speed when he became the first Pro Stocker to surpass 212 mph with his 212.03 mph run in his semifinal loss to Ron Krisher.

Sunday's NHRA Full Throttle Final Results:
Top Fuel: Tony Schumacher, 3.881 seconds - 314.75 m.p.h. def. Cory McClenathan, 3.880 - 313.66
Funny Car: Ashley Force Hood, 4.122 - 306.19 def. Jack Beckman, 4.227 - 303.43
Pro Stock: Ron Krisher, 6.587 - 211.00 def. Jeg Coughlin 7.051 - 165.94
Pro Stock Motorcycle: Craig Treble 6.915 - 193.46 def. Douglas Horne 7.260 - 155.60

The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Series resumes in a week with the April 2-5 SummitRacing.Com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. - Credit DRC, edits by JJ

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April 2-5, 2009
5th of 24 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Events
First of Two Events at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
First of Three Summit Racing Equipment Sponsored '09 NHRA Events
SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals, Las Vegas
Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, Atlanta
Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Norwalk

Event Schedule | Entry List | Team Reports | Live Sunday Audiocast (WMPlayer Direct) | Results
2008 Winners: TF Cory McClenathan ~ FC Tim Wilkerson ~ PS Jason Line ~ PSM N/A

Fans Assistance KBase | Tickets | Weather: Las Vegas Race Track
Surface Maps: U.S. West IR Satellite Wind | Live Radar: WU NWS Storm Loop
Forecasts may be inaccurate. Las Vegas Spring weather is unpredictable and can change on short notice.
      04.01.09-22:00 FlA Says: Pro Stock Motorcycles don't race this weekend. Their next race is April 16-19 at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals Atlanta, GA. This weekend we may see a Déjà vu of the 2009 Spring Nationals as to weather. See my next post "Déjà vu? Maybe yes but I hope not". Last year's "Vegas1" NHRA event was marred by two situations of very poor judgments by NHRA "brass". One turned the event into a National media covered debacle and NHRA did it on purpose. I expressed my thought about this fiasco on thread post #41 * here * . Last year's nitro action was also poor due to the track getting very hot and it was windy.
      About The Strip: While opinions vary on the track, The Strip is an outstanding A+ facility. The inaugural NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals was held at The Strip on April 6-9, 2000. The winners were, Top Fuel: Kenny Bernstein, Funny Car: Jim Epler, Pro Stock: Jeg Coughlin Jr. and Pro Stock Motorcycle: Angelle Sampey. There was still construction going on when many of the NHRA pro's arrived at the track. Workers were laying asphalt, painting and putting in glass just about everywhere you looked, according to Pro Stock legend Warren Johnson. But, it was ready to go for the first qualifying session. Early on the track had some surface and other problems. It reminded me of the problems Speedway Motorsports experienced after they built Texas Motor Speedway to host NASCAR events, but the problems at The Strip were not as serious.
      As to the drag strip, many veterans don't like the down the hill, up the big hill surface. When I first attended a NHRA championship event at The Strip in 2003, I didn't like the Top Fuel chassis compression at the bottom of the hill after the speed traps. This was the period of time when several TF chassis had snapped in half at the top-end. Frankly, I didn't like the whole thought process on how the drag strip was designed and built. I also don't like that when it's windy sand blows on the track making traction difficult. In 2007, we were talking to some guys sitting in front of us during a break in the action. The subject of what I thought about the track came up. I told them I was a Southerner and liked our flat and long drag strips. They said some of their friends were not that hot about the track(layout) but The Strip had the best round-trip ET for getting cold beers of any track they had been to. I laughed and said yes this is a first class facility in all regards.
      Due to the track's proximity to California, many NHRA pro teams test at The Strip during the off-season. I will now yield to 2009 Miss Nevada USA, Georgina Vaughan, to tell you more about the NHRA event this weekend at The Strip. She's much hotter than I am. - 03.30.09 Video: This Week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals ESPN2 Coverage (ET)
Sat, 04.04: Qualifying 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Sun, 04.05: NHRA Race Day 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Sun, 04.05: Eliminations 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. (1)
Fri, 04.10: Repeat Eliminations 3:00 - 5:00 a.m.
(1) Watch Full Coverage On-Line at ESPN 360


Inaugural NHRA SummitRacing.Com Nationals
Finals Pre-Race Ceremonies, April 9, 2000
(L) Speedway Motorsports Inc.'s Chairman and CEO Bruton Smith - Track Owner/Builder
(R) NHRA's new President Tom Compton(Jan 2000) & NHRA Founder Wally Parks(2007, RIP)



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29th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals
April 16-19, 2009
6th of 24 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Events
Second of Three Summit Racing Equipment Sponsored '09 NHRA Events
SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals, Las Vegas
Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, Atlanta
Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Norwalk

Event Schedule | Entry List | Team Reports | Live Sunday Audiocast (WMPlayer Direct) | Results
2008 Winners: TF Antron Brown ~ FC Ashley Force ~ PS Mike Edwards ~ PSM Andrew Hines

Fans Assistance KBase | Tickets | Weather: Commerce Race Track
Surface Maps: U.S. Southeast IR Satellite Wind | Live Radar: WU NWS Storm Loop

Forecasts may be inaccurate. Commerce-Atlanta Spring weather is unpredictable and can change on short notice.

      Atlanta Dragway was built in Commerce, Georgia in 1975 by Gene Bennett. The drag strip is located 69 miles northeast of Atlanta. Originally it had been graded out for an airport. The original airport tower served as the original timing tower, and the track direction was the same as the airport without asphalt, just Georgia red clay. In 1980, the track was sold to Norman Pearah and became an NHRA-sanctioned track. Back then, the track was only opened twice a year for major events. The track was purchased in 1987 by Pro Stock driver Gary Brown and partners J.D. Stevens and Rudy Bowen. The track underwent major reconstruction to put in new aluminum grandstand seating, permanent restrooms and rebuilt concession buildings. In 1989, the thirteen year-old track was resurfaced with a concrete launching pad and a new timing system. In addition to the track modification, a reconditioned VIP tower complete with a timing deck, press center and corporate suites was built in 1990. NHRA purchased the track in 1993. In 1999, they resurfaced the track and added an updated timing system. The tower restrooms were remodeled and all concession, tower and ticket buildings were rewired. In 2003, the track’s FM radio and public address system were both upgraded.
      Last year’s Southern Nationals Top Fuel Dragster winner, Antron Brown, is doing well in his sophomore season. Brown was leading the points chase until six time world champion Tony Schumacher took yet another win at Las Vegas on April 5, but look for Brown to claw his way back to the top. The rest of the class, including third place Brandon Bernstein and fourth place Larry Dixon, are hot on his heels. Funny Car driver Ashley Force Hood will be gunning for her third NHRA win. In the Finals, Force beat her legendary dad John Force (14 time Funny Car champion) to earn her first win at the 2008 Southern Nationals and is hot off her O’Reilly Spring Nationals win at Houston Raceway Park. However, points leader Ron Capps will have something to say about that. Six-time NHRA Pro Stock Champion Warren Johnson, from nearby Sugar Hill, will be looking for his first Wally this season along with his son Kurt Johnson. This event is the third on the Full Throttle schedule to feature the high-revving 195-mph Pro Stock Motorcycles, piloted by drivers like the ever popular Steve Johnson, who hails from nearby Alabama. Local standout Junior Pippin is entered, along with his protégé, first year racer Douglas Horne, who finished runner up at the O’Reilly event. Five more divisions are on tap along with many exhibition runs.

2008 NHRA Southern Nationals: Ashley Force Hood becomes the first female driver
to win an NHRA Funny Car Championship event.
April 2009 Video: John Force Discusses Three Things Fans Don't Know About Him


Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals ESPN2 Coverage (ET)
Sat, 04.18: Qualifying 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Sun, 04.19: NHRA Race Day 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Sun, 04.19: Eliminations 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. (1)
Thu, 04.23: Repeat Eliminations 1:00 - 3:00 a.m.
(1) Watch Full Coverage On-Line at ESPN 360


2008: Major celebrities frequently attend the NHRA Southern Nationals


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Final Qualifying Results After Four Sessions

TOP FUEL
  Psn Driver               Vehicle                           ET   Speed
   1. Spencer Massey       US Smokeless Dragster           3.820  311.20 
   2. Brandon Bernstein    Budweiser/Lucas Oil Dragster    3.824  315.64 
   3. Morgan Lucas         Geico Powersport/ Lucas Oil     3.844  310.70 
   4. Tony Schumacher      U.S. Army Dragster              3.851  309.98 
   5. Antron Brown         Matco Tools Dragster            3.867  311.99 
   6. Bob Vandergriff      Speedco Dragster                3.878  314.39 
   7. Larry Dixon          Al-Anabi Racing Dragster        3.881  310.98 
   8. Shawn Langdon        Lucas Oil/Dixie Chopper Drag    3.886  305.98 
   9. Doug Kalitta         Kalitta M'Spts No.50 Dragster   3.891  310.41 
  10. Cory McClenathan     Fram Dragster                   3.901  307.86 
  11. Terry Haddock        Dragster                        3.915  301.47 
  12. Clay Millican        MPE Motorsports Dragster        3.917  311.92 
  13. Terry McMillen       Amalie Oil Dragster             3.958  304.32 
  14. Joe Hartley          Hartley Racing Dragster         3.959  304.19 
  15. Bobby Lagana Jr.     NTB Dragster                    3.976  304.19 
  16. Troy Buff            Bill Miller Racing/Okuma Drags  3.997  259.91 
          --------- Not Qualified ---------
  17. Todd Paton           Tim Horton's Dragster           4.038  285.05 
  18. Luigi Novelli        National Machine Repair Dragst  4.180  296.96 
  19. Chris Karamesines    Strange/Chizler Dragster         NT   
FUNNY CAR
  Psn Driver               Vehicle                           ET   Speed
   1. Ashley Force Hood    Castrol GTX Mustang             4.073  310.05 
   2. John Force           Castrol GTX Mustang             4.100  306.19 
   3. Ron Capps            NAPA Auto Parts Charger         4.101  299.26 
   4. Tony Pedregon        Herzog/Palms Impala             4.104  303.71 
   5. Matt Hagan           Shelor.com Charger              4.114  303.84 
   6. Tim Wilkerson        Levi, Ray, Shoup Mustang        4.120  304.53 
   7. Jack Beckman         Valvoline/MTS Charger           4.120  304.05 
   8. Mike Neff            JFR/Ford Mustang                4.125  303.43 
   9. Jim Head             Team Strange Apparel Solara     4.142  300.66 
  10. Robert Hight         AAA of So. Cal Mustang          4.144  299.86 
  11. Bob Tasca III        Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang   4.148  297.81 
  12. Cruz Pedregon        Advance Auto Parts Solara       4.154  303.23 
  13. Jeff Arend           DHL Solara                      4.160  301.33 
  14. Mike Smith           Diamond Trucking Monte Carlo    4.192  297.75 
  15. Jerry Toliver        Canidae Pet Food Monte Carlo    4.201  299.13 
  16. Del Worsham          Al-Anabi Racing Solara          4.210  298.34 
          --------- Not Qualified ---------
  17. Andy Kelley          Serenity Limousine Stratus      4.401  279.90 
PRO STOCK
  Psn Driver               Vehicle                           ET   Speed
   1. Greg Anderson        Summit Racing Equipment GXP     6.557@ 210.93 
   2. Mike Edwards         Young Life/Penhall GXP          6.565  210.28 
   3. Jason Line           Summit Racing Equipment GXP     6.570  211.13 
   4. Ron Krisher          Valvoline Cobalt                6.574  209.69 
   5. Jeg Coughlin         Jegs.com Cobalt                 6.578  210.14 
   6. Greg Stanfield       Attitude Apparel GXP            6.581  210.01 
   7. Allen Johnson        Mopar/JJ Racing Stratus         6.582  209.85 
   8. Warren Johnson       KN Filters GXP                  6.598  211.26&
   9. Johnny Gray          Johnny Gray Racing Stratus      6.599  209.14 
  10. Larry Morgan         Lucas Oil Stratus               6.604  209.14 
  11. Rickie Jones         Quarter-Max/RJ Stratus          6.616  208.94 
  12. V. Gaines            Kendall Oil Stratus             6.617  208.26 
  13. Rodger Brogdon       Charter GXP                     6.624  208.94 
  14. Tom Hammonds         Race For Achievement Cobalt     6.625  208.65 
  15. Steve Spiess         Spiess Construction Cobalt      6.629  208.55 
  16. Kurt Johnson         AC Delco Cobalt                 6.638  209.10 
          --------- Not Qualified ---------
  17. Ronnie Humphrey      Troy Humphrey Stratus           6.640  208.71 
  18. Justin Humphreys     RaceRedi Motorsports GXP        6.692  207.66 
  19. Dave Northrop        Nitro Fish Wear Stratus         6.723  207.62 
  20. Erica Enders         Dragstar Racing Mustang         6.731  204.63 
  21. John Gaydosh Jr      Gaydosh Performance GTO         6.769  204.01 
  ##  @ = Track ET Record | & = Track Speed Record
PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE
  Psn Rider                Vehicle                          ET    Speed
   1. Andrew Hines         Screamin' Eagle/Vance-Hines     6.877@ 195.25&
   2. Eddie Krawiec        Screamin' Eagle/Vance-Hines     6.881  195.05 
   3. Matt Smith           Nitrofish Suzuki                6.890  194.63 
   4. Karen Stoffer        Geico Suzuki                    6.912  193.24 
   5. Douglas Horne        Horne Racing Buell              6.915  193.57 
   6. Hector Arana         Lucas Oil Buell                 6.924  194.02 
   7. Craig Treble         Team Scream Suzuki              6.929  194.52 
   8. Junior Pippin        Stone Mtn-Granite Mtn           6.938  192.25 
   9. Shawn Gann           Rum Bum Racing Buell            6.959  190.27 
  10. Matt Guidera         Rocklin Motorsports Buell       6.963  191.13 
  11. Wesley Wells         Kendall Suzuki                  6.986  191.21 
  12. Michael Phillips     MPR-Damn Sport Suzuki           6.987  195.08 
  13. Angie McBride        NitroFish/MSR/Redline Oil       6.992  188.44 
  14. Steve Johnson        Steve Johnson Racing Wyotech    7.003  189.71 
  15. LE Tonglet           Suzuki                          7.077  188.78 
  16. Mike Berry           MB Machining/LAT Racing Oil     7.081  187.83 
          --------- Not Qualified ---------
  17. David Hope           VRoom Racing Buell              7.107  187.96 
  18. Katie Sullivan       Susuki                          7.120  186.46 
  19. Ryan Schnitz         Team Muzzy Kawasaki             7.139  185.28 
  20. Darin McCurdy        GM Racing Suzuki                7.152  186.92 
  21. Bailey Whitaker      Rum Bum Buell                   7.157  185.56 
  22. Joe DeSantis         Javelina H-D Green H-D Suzuk    7.200  189.82 
  23. Redell Harris        Master P/No Limit Record Suzuk  7.463  180.00 
  24. James Surber         South County Cycles Racing       NT   
  ##  @ = Track ET Record | & = Track Speed Record

Qualifying Notes & Track Update:
Atlanta Dragway's racing surface was ground smooth during the off-season. The sand trap was also updated. Per track reports, both lanes were about the same during the four qualifying sessions.

TF Don Prudhomme's rookie driver Spencer Massey ran very fast in all four rounds of qualifying and is #1 with a 3.820 @ 311.20. Bob Vandergriff, Jr. skipped the final session to save parts and settled for #6.

FC Princess and Pop's Force remained strong in Q4 and finished at #1 and #2. Will John play dead possum again tomorrow? Team Force Robert Hight is on John's side of the eliminations ladder. Ashley and Mike Neff are on the other side. If both Ashley and Mike win E1 they face each other in E2. Same for John and Robert.

PS Q3: For the third time this weekend Anderson resets track ET record and is still No. 1 qualifier:
1. Greg Anderson Summit Racing Equipment GXP 6.557 @ 210.93
--- After four sessions, Greg is still King of the Hill.

PSM Andrew Hines' Screamin' Eagle is screaming this weekend. In Q2 he set a track ET record and Q4 set a track MPH record.

Sunday Weather Forecast: Chance of showers with a slight chance of thunderstorms in the morning...then showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon. Some thunderstorms may be severe in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70-80%. -- The current hourly forecast calls for light rain to start at 10 am tomorrow and turn into thunder showers by 1 pm, lasting the rest of daylight hours. # JJ

Credit: NHRA, Summit FastNews, NWS, FlA & Co.

MAR, JJ

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1,034 posted on 04/18/2009 3:15:28 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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04.20.09: Hot Racing at Rainy Atlanta. In a rare Sunday night Finals, Morgan Lucas wins Top Fuel; Jack Beckman, Funny Car; and Eddie Krawiec, Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Monday morning, Mike Edwards wins the Southern Nationals Pro Stock "Wally".

Video: ESPN Atlanta Wrap Up



Morgan Lucas
Sun, 04.19.09 -- After enduring multiple rain delays, Morgan Lucas defeated rookie Spencer Massey in a thrilling pedal-fest to win the Top Fuel title at the 29th annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway.

The other winners at the sixth of 24 races in the NHRA Full Throttle Series season were Jack Beckman (Funny Car) and Eddie Krawiec (Pro Stock Motorcycle). Pro Stock was postponed by rain with Jeg Coughlin and Mike Edwards scheduled to meet in the final round Monday morning.

It took Lucas five years and five final-round appearances to get his first win so waiting out the five hours of rain delays was only a minor hurdle. The 26-year old Lucas pedaled his GEICO Powersports/Lucas Oil dragster to a 5.231 at 162.86 to narrowly beat the 27-year old Massey's tire-spinning 5.418 at 145.25 in his U.S. Smokeless dragster.

"I've had five years to think about this. It's probably one of the most exciting moments of my life, if not the most exciting moment. I don't even know how to talk right now I'm so excited," said Lucas, who was competing in his 107th career race. "This is what I've dreamed about for years." It was also Massey's best NHRA event of the season.


Jack Beckman
Beckman ran a 4.128 at 303.43 in his Valvoline/MTS Dodge Charger to defeat the Castrol GTX Ford Mustang team and driver Ashley Force Hood, who lost power near the finish line and slowed to 4.157 at 248.39.

"On paper, Ashley's car had us whipped," said Beckman, who lost to Force Hood two races earlier in final round in Houston. "That car has been the class of the field. But, that's why we race. Anything can happen when you have 8,000 horsepower of nitro in the tank. It's such an awesome feeling after losing to Ashley at the Spring Nationals."

Beckman defeated a quartet of Ford Mustangs - including Robert Hight, John Force and Tim Wilkerson - en route to his first win of the year and seventh of his career. And by day's end Beckman moved up from seventh to second place and Force Hood remained in third place in the Full Throttle Points Standings.


Eddie Krawiec
In Pro Stock Motorcycle, Eddie Krawiec earned his first career win aboard his Screamin' Eagle Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson with a fleet 6.902 at 192.91 to defeat rookie Douglas Horne (6.949, 191.13).

"This is something I was waiting for - to get my first Wally and be able to put it up on my mantle next to my (2008 NHRA Full Throttle Series) championship trophy is just awesome," Krawiec said.






Mike Edwards Closes Out Rain-delayed Southern Nationals with first 2009 Pro Stock Win


Edwards (near lane) vs Coughlin
Mon, 04.20.09 -- The wait was worth it for Mike Edwards, who dropped the curtain on the rain-delayed Summit Racing NHRA Southern Nationals Monday morning with a clean 6.645-second pass to easily outrun Pro Stock points-leader Jeg Coughlin.

It was the first win of 2009 for Edwards, who solidified his third-place position in the Pro Stock standings; Coughlin, who slowed to a 7.190 in the final round, remained in first place after six of 24 races in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season have been completed.


Mike Edwards

"It doesn't matter if you win on Sunday or Monday - it's an unbelievable challenge to win (a Pro Stock race). You can't make a mistake and win in this class," Edwards said.

For Edwards, the win was a bit of personal vindication as his A.R.T./Young Life Pontiac GXP has been at the head of the ultra-competitive Pro Stock category with a class-best three No. 1 qualifiers, but no wins before Monday.

"Our performance has been good all year, as good as anybody's in (Pro Stock). We've just had a little bit of trouble on Sunday (raceday)," Edwards said. "If that's what it takes to win (racing on Monday instead of Sunday), we'll come back on Monday every race."





Southern Nationals NHRA Full Throttle Series Final Results:
Top Fuel: Morgan Lucas, 5.231 seconds @ 162.86 mph defeats Spencer Massey, 5.418 @ 145.25
Funny Car: Jack Beckman, 4.128 @ 303.43 def Ashley Force Hood, 4.157 @ 248.39
Pro Stock: Mike Edwards, 6.645 @ 208.17 def Jeg Coughlin, 7.190 @ 155.11
Pro Stock Motorcycle: Eddie Krawiec, 6.902 @ 192.91 def Douglas Horne, 6.949 @ 191.13

04.19.09: John Force Racing Final Atlanta Report: “Fast Jack” Beckman avenged a final round loss to Ashley Force Hood at last month’s O’Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park, spoiling what could have been a career day for the driver of the Castrol GTX Ford Mustang at Atlanta Dragway. Beckman, who taught Ashley and her sisters to drive in the Super Comp class, saved his best run for last Sunday and his 4.128 second effort was just good enough to hold off Ashley’s No. 1-qualifying Ford, which encountered problems down track and slowed to 4.157 at only 248.39 miles per hour in the final round of the 29th annual Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals.
      It was an unexpected result, especially since Ashley had recorded the quickest time and fastest speed during the qualifying phase and then repeated that performance in each of the first three rounds with times of 4.078, 4.082 and 4.079 seconds. Her three best speeds on race day – 310.48, 311.41 and 312.13 mph – were the three fastest since the course was shortened from a quarter mile to 1,000 feet last year following the death of two-time world champion Scott Kalitta.
      While Ashley was turning heads with the performance of her green-and-white Mustang, the other three Team Castrol Fords were making an early exit and two of them also were victimized by Beckman’s Dodge. Robert Hight was the first to fall in the Automobile Club of Southern California Ford and, after Mike Neff had lost to Ashley, John Force fell to Beckman by a margin of .003 of a second. The victory enabled Beckman to move up to second in points behind teammate Ron Capps, one point ahead of Force Hood, who was bidding for her second straight victory at Atlanta Dragway.

2009 NHRA Full Throttle Championship Points Standings

The NHRA Full Throttle Series resumes May 1 - 3 with the 13th annual O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals at Gateway International Raceway, St. Louis. FlA & Co. has news and insider updates to be posted the first week of May. -- Credits: DRO, Summit FastNews Network, JFR, edits/adds FlA & Co.

FR 2009 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals homepage

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1,035 posted on 04/20/2009 2:05:34 PM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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1,036 posted on 04/25/2009 11:10:00 AM PDT by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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1,037 posted on 04/25/2009 1:45:12 PM PDT by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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1,038 posted on 04/25/2009 1:47:47 PM PDT by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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1,039 posted on 04/25/2009 1:55:22 PM PDT by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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 Who is like unto God?........ Lk:10:18:
18  And he said to them: I saw Satan like lightning falling from heaven.

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1,040 posted on 04/25/2009 10:06:09 PM PDT by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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The radio replies is a pretty powerful subject. Very good topic BTW.


1,041 posted on 04/25/2009 10:21:59 PM PDT by eyedigress
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"The radio replies is a pretty powerful subject."

lol. Even in the sandbox!

1,042 posted on 04/25/2009 10:30:44 PM PDT by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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1,044 posted on 04/26/2009 12:56:31 AM PDT by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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13th annual O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals, St. Louis
May 1-3, 2009
7th of 24 2009 NHRA Full Throttle Events
Second of Five O'Reilly Auto Parts Sponsored '09 NHRA Events
Spring Nationals, Houston ~ Midwest Nationals, St. Louis ~ Summer Nationals, Topeka
Fall Nationals, Dallas ~ Mid-South Nationals, Memphis

Event Schedule | Entry List | Team Reports | Live Sunday Audiocast (WMPlayer Direct) | Results
2008 Winners: FT Rod Fuller ~ FC Tim Wilkerson ~ PS Kurt Johnson ~ PSM Andrew Hines

Fans Assistance KBase | Tickets | Weather: Madison, IL Race Track
Surface Maps: U.S. Central IR Satellite Wind | Live Radar: WU NWS Storm Loop

Forecasts may be inaccurate. Spring weather is unpredictable and can change on short notice.
      It was a dream in 1995, a work in progress in 1996, a construction project still giving off dust in 1997 and it remains a work-in-progress, constantly looking to improve. Now, in its 13th season, Gateway International Raceway is positioned as one of America’s premier motorsports facilities, and certainly one of the most versatile. The land where Gateway International Raceway now sits was, about two centuries ago, at the bottom of the Mississippi River. The Great Earthquake of 1811, the one that shook the New Madrid fault and rang church bells back in Washington, D.C., “re-zoned” the land from River bottom to swamp. Then in 1967, Wayne Meinert brought an eighth-mile drag strip to life on the land and called it St. Louis Raceway Park. Its first event was the old America Hot Rod Association Spring Nationals, and the lesson was there to be learned from the get-go.
      The big names in drag racing all came to test the new track, and the fans followed – more than 8,000 in a facility designated for 3,000. Just after the 1971 Spring Nationals, Meinert acquired enough land to make a full quarter-mile strip and extend the track in just 14 days. The track was renamed St. Louis International Raceway. The swampland promptly became the property of Swamp Rat. The legendary “Big Daddy” Don Garlits and his Swamp Rat cars paid the first call for the inaugural AHRA Gateway Nationals. He laid down a track record of 6.49 seconds (231.95 mph), but lost in the finals to Steve Carbone. This was the Garlit’s last loss until the opening round of the 1984 event. He would win 33 straight races in St. Louis, eight AHRA Gateway Nationals and six consecutive event wins between 1978-83. “If I remember, that’s Swamp Rats 13 through 18 or 19,” said Garlits, who has most of those old cars in his drag racing museum in Ocala, FL. “St. Louis was one of those tracks that could be really tricky, but if you were able to get the combination and get the read on the place you could have a lot of success. Think it’s because we had a lot of experience racing a lot of different tracks, but we had some awfully good years at that facility. And the fans? The fans were just great to us. It was a place we really enjoyed coming to each year.
      While Garlits made the headlines, it was the Pro Stockers, Super Stocks and Pro Modifieds, that seemed to be the staple of racing at Gateway. Harrell, “Dyno” Don Nicholson, Ronnie Sox, Bill “Gumpy” Jenkins, Dick Landy and the late Lee Shepherd ran Gateway constantly. St. Louis racers like Jerry Haas and Bill Kuhlman went on to be the dominant chassis builders in Pro Stock.
      Gateway International Raceway recently put the finishing touches on the most extensive drag strip renovations in years with improvements made to both the top-end emergency shutdown area and the facility’s timing system. The gravel trap length was increased by 70 feet to a total of 165 feet with a gravel depth of 22 inches. 70 feet of metal guardrails on either side of the gravel trap were removed and replaced with 200 feet of concrete walls, measuring four feet high, with eight-foot tall, wire-supported chain link fencing added to the top of those walls. The existing six-foot nylon catch net was removed and replaced by two 12-foot nylon catch nets 25 feet apart. Additionally, a brand-new timing system was recently installed. GIR is now the first track in NHRA’s Division III to have a fiber-optic timing system. Both the new timing system and the GIR top-end will be on display for the NHRA Full Throttle Series O’Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals.
      NOTE: I will do a separate post on what is taking place behind-the-scenes in the NHRA's efforts to return to quarter-mile nitro racing. As you may have noticed from previous event posts, almost every owner has made extensive drag strip modifications under the NHRA's guidance. This is part of a three-phase plan. Phase three will start this month. ~ FlA
Event Schedule: Nitro Qualifying (NI) & Pro Stock (PS: Cars/Motorcycles)
PS: Fri, May 1 2:30 - 3:30 pm
NI: Fri, May 1 3:30 - 4:30 pm
PS: Fri, May 1 5:30 - 6:30 pm
NI: Fri, May 1 6:30 - 7:30 pm
PS: Sat, May 2 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
NI: Sat, May 2 12:30 - 1:30 pm
PS: Sat, May 2 2:00 - 3:00 pm
NI: Sat, May 2 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Final Eliminations Sun, May 3 11:00 am - 4:00 pm


O'Reilly NHRA Midwest Nationals Coverage (ET)
Sat, 05.02: Qualifying 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Sun, 05.03: NHRA Race Day 11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Sun, 05.03: Eliminations 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. (1)
Wed, 05.06: Repeat Eliminations 3:00 - 5:00 a.m.
(1) Watch Full Coverage On-Line at ESPN 360



Country Recording Artist Krista Marie
Video: "Drive It like I Stole It" Official 2009 NHRA Theme Song | ESPN NHRA Interview
Krista is donating 100% of profits from her NHRA song's ringtone sales to Top Fuel Driver
Doug Herbert's B.R.A.K.E.S. Foundation. The above video was filmed at the end of the 2008 season.
It has been updated several times since then, using current NHRA race footage, as shown on ESPN's
NHRA Full Throttle drag racing coverage. Krista is very impressive. NHRA got this one right. ~ fla



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1,045 posted on 05/02/2009 2:42:13 AM PDT by flattorney (See my comprehensive FR Profile "Straight Talk" Page)
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The Spiritual Combat

 

CHAPTER ONE: PRELIMINARY WORDS ON PERFECTION
-- THE FOUR THINGS NECESSARY FOR THIS COMBAT

CHAPTER TWO: DISTRUST OF SELF
CHAPTER THREE: OF TRUST IN GOD
CHAPTER FOUR: HOW TO DISCOVER WHETHER WE
DISTRUST OURSELVES AND PLACE OUR CONFIDENCE IN GOD

CHAPTER FIVE: THE MISTAKE OF CONSIDERING COWARDICE A VIRTUE

1,046 posted on 05/04/2009 12:43:26 PM PDT by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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Two things, Christian reader, particularly excite the will of man to good. A principle of justice is one, the other the profit we may derive therefrom. All wise men, therefore, agree that justice and profit are the two most powerful inducements to move our wills to any undertaking. Now, though men seek profit more frequently than justice, yet justice is in itself more powerful; for, as Aristotle teaches, no worldly advantage can equal the excellence of virtue, nor is any loss so great that a wise man should not suffer it rather than yield to vice. The design of this book being to win men to virtue, we shall begin by showing our obligation to practice virtue because of the duty we owe to God. God being essentially goodness and beauty, there is nothing more pleasing to Him than virtue, nothing He more earnestly requires. Let us first seriously consider upon what grounds God demands this tribute from us.

But as these are innumerable, we shall only treat of the six principal motives which claim for God all that man is or all that man can do. The first; the greatest, and the most inexplicable is the very essence of God, embracing His infinite majesty, goodness, mercy, justice, wisdom, omnipotence, excellence, beauty, fidelity, immutability, sweetness, truth, beatitude, and all the inexhaustible riches and perfections which are contained in the Divine Being.

All these are so great that if the whole world, according to St. Augustine, were full of books, if the sea were turned to ink, and every creature employed in writing, the books would be filled, the sea would be drained, and the writers would be exhausted before any one of His perfections could be adequately expressed. The same Doctor adds, "Were any man created with a heart as large and capacious as the hearts of all men together, and if he were enabled by an extraordinary light to apprehend one of the divine attributes, his joy and delight would be such that, unless supported by special assistance from God, he could not endure them.

This, then, is the first and chief reason which obliges us to love and serve God. It is a truth so universally acknowledged that even the Epicureans, who endeavored to destroy all philosophy by denying a Divine Providence and the immortality of the soul, nevertheless maintained religion, or the worship due to God.

One of these philosophers (Cicero, De Natura Deorum) proves the existence of God by strong and undeniable arguments. He proclaims the greatness and sovereignty of His admirable perfections, which oblige us to reverence and adore Him, and shows that for this reason alone, independently of any other title, God has a right to our love and service.

If we treat a king, even out of his own dominion, with respect and honor purely because of the dignity of his person, though we owe him nothing, with how much more justice should we render honor and service to this King and Lord, who, as St. John tells us, bears written "on his garment, and on his thigh: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS"! (Apoc. 19:16). This is He who hath "poised with three fingers the bulk of the earth." (Is. 40:12).

All beings are in His power; He disposes of them as He wills. It is He who propels the heavenly bodies, commands the winds, changes the seasons, guides the elements, distributes the waters, controls the stars, creates all things; it is He, in fine, who, as King and Lord of the universe, maintains and nourishes all creatures.

Nor is His kingdom acquired or inherited. By His very nature it is for Him an inherent right. Just as man is above, the ant, for example, so is the Divine. Substance in an eminent degree above all created things, and the whole universe is no more than one of these little insects compared to Him. If this truth were so manifest to the Epicureans, otherwise unworthy of the name of philosophers, how much clearer ought it not be to us, who have been illumined by the light of true Christian philosophy! For this latter teaches us, in fact, that among the innumerable reasons which oblige us to serve God, this is the greatest; and though men were endowed with a thousand hearts and a thousand bodies, this reason alone should be sufficient to cause them to devote them all to His love and service.

Though of all motives this is the most powerful, yet it has the least influence on the imperfect. The reason for this is that, on the one hand, they are more moved by self-interest, self-love having deep root in their hearts; and on the other, being still ignorant, and novices in the ways of God, they are unable to appreciate His grandeur and beauty. Had they a better knowledge of His perfections, His beauty would enrapture their souls and cause them to love Him above all things. Therefore we shall furnish some considerations from the mystical theology of St. Denis which will help them to apprehend the perfections of the Master they serve.

To lead us to a knowledge of God, St. Denis teaches us first to turn our eyes from the qualities or perfections of creatures, lest we be tempted to measure by them the perfections of the Creator. Then, turning from the things of earth, he raises our souls to the contemplation of a Being above all beings, a Substance above all substances, a Light above all lights – rather a Light before which all light is darkness – Beauty above all beauties and before which all other beauty is but deformity. This is what we are taught by the cloud into which Moses entered to converse with God, and which shut out from his senses all that was not God. (Ex. 24:16,18). And the action of Elias, covering his face with his cloak when he saw the glory of God passing before him, is a lively expression of the same sentiment. (3Kg. 19:13). Therefore, to contemplate the glory of God, man must close his eyes to earthly things, which bear no proportion to this supreme Being.

We shall better understand this truth if we consider with more attention the vast difference between this uncreated Being and all other beings, between the Creator and His creatures. The latter without exception have had a beginning and may have an end, while this eternal Being is without beginning and without end. They all acknowledge a superior and depend upon another, while He has no superior and is the supreme Arbiter of all things. Creatures are composed of various substances, while He is a pure and simple Being; were He composed of diverse substances it would presuppose a being above and before Him to ordain the composition of these substances, which is altogether impossible. Creatures are subject to change; God is immutable. They all admit of greater perfection; they can increase in possessions, in knowledge. God cannot increase in perfection, containing within Himself all perfection; nor in possessions, for He is the source of all riches; nor in knowledge, for everything is present to His eternal omniscience. Therefore Aristotle calls Him a pure act – that is, Supreme Perfection, which admits of no increase. The needs of creatures subject them to movement and change; God, having no necessities, is fixed and immovable, and present in all places. We find in all creatures diversities which distinguish them one from another, but the purity of God's Essence admits of no distinction; so that His Being is His Essence, His Essence is His Power, His Power is His Will, His Will is His Understanding, His Understanding is His Being, His Being is His Wisdom, His Wisdom is His Justice, His Justice is His Mercy. And though the last two attributes are differently manifested, the duty of mercy being to pardon, that of justice to punish, yet they are one and the same power.

The Divine Being thus comprises in its unity apparently opposite qualities and perfections which we can never sufficiently admire; for, as St. Augustine observes, "He is a profoundly hidden God, yet everywhere present; He is essentially strength and beauty; He is immutable and incomprehensible; He is beyond all space, yet fills all the universe; invisible, yet manifest to all creatures; producing all motion, yet is Himself immovable; always in action, yet ever at rest, He fills all things and is circumscribed by nothing; He provides for all things without the least solicitude; He is great without quantity, therefore He is immense; He is good without qualification, and therefore He is the Supreme Good." (Meditations, 19 and 20). Nay, "One is good, God." (Matt. 19:17).

Finally, all created things having a limited being, their power is likewise limited; the works they accomplish, the space they fill, their very names, are no less limited. Human words can define them; they can be assigned a certain character and reduced to a certain species. But the Divine Substance cannot be defined nor comprehended under any species, nor can It be confined to any place, nor can any name express It. Though nameless, therefore, as St. Denis says, It yet has all possible names, since It possesses in Itself all the perfections expressed by these names.

As limited beings, therefore, creatures can be comprehended; but the Divine Essence, being infinite, is beyond the reach of any created understanding. For that which is limitless, says Aristotle, can only be grasped by an infinite understanding. As a man on the shore beholds the sea, yet cannot measure its depth or vastness, so the blessed spirits and all the elect contemplate God, yet cannot fathom the abyss of His greatness nor measure the duration of His eternity. For this reason also God is represented "seated upon the cherubim" (Dan. 3:55 and Ps. 17:11), who, though filled with treasures of divine wisdom, continue beneath His majesty and power, which it is not given them to grasp or understand.

This is what David teaches when he tells us that God "made darkness His covert" (Ps. 17:12), or, as the Apostle more clearly expresses it, He "inhabiteth light inaccessible." (1Tim. 6:16). The prophet calls this light darkness because it dazzles and blinds our human vision. Nothing is more resplendent and more visible than the sun, as a philosopher admirably remarks, yet because of its very splendor and the weakness of our vision there is nothing upon which we can gaze less. So also there is no being more intelligible in itself than God, and yet none we understand less in this present life.

Know, therefore, you who aspire to a knowledge of God, that He is a Being superior to anything you can conceive. The more sensible you are of your inability to comprehend Him, the more you will have advanced in a knowledge of His Being. Thus St. Gregory, commenting on these words of Job: "Who doth great things and unsearchable, and wonderful things without number" (Job 5:9), says, "We never more eloquently praise the works of the Almighty than when our tongue is mute in rapt wonder; silence is the only adequate praise when words are powerless to express the perfections we would extol."

St. Denis also tells us to honor with mute veneration, and a silence full of love and fear, the wonders and glory of God, before whom the most sublime intelligences are prostrate. The holy Doctor seems to allude here to the words of the prophet as translated by St. Jerome, "Praise is mute before thee, God of Sion," giving us to understand, doubtless, that the most adequate praise is a modest and respectful silence springing from the conviction of our inability to comprehend God. We thus confess the incomprehensible grandeur and sovereign majesty of Him whose being is above all being, whose power is above all power, whose glory is above all glory, whose substance is immeasurably raised above all other substances, visible or invisible. Upon this point St. Augustine has said with much beauty and force, "When I seek my God I seek not corporal grace, nor transient beauty, nor splendor, nor melodious sound, nor sweet fragrance of flowers, nor odorous essence, nor honeyed manna, nor grace of form, nor anything pleasing to the flesh. None of these things do I seek when I seek my God. But I seek a light exceeding all light, which the eyes cannot see; a voice sweeter than all sound, which the ear cannot hear; a sweetness above all sweetness, which the tongue cannot taste; a fragrance above all fragrance, which the senses cannot perceive; a mysterious and divine embrace, which the body cannot feel. For this light shines without radiance, this voice is heard without striking the air, this fragrance is perceived though the wind does not bear it, this taste inebriates with no palate to relish it, and this embrace is felt in the center of the soul." (Conf., L.10, 6; Solil., c. 31).

If you would have further proof of the infinite power and greatness of God, contemplate the order and beauty of the world. Let us first bear in mind, as St. Denis tells us, that effects are proportioned to their cause, and then consider the admirable order, marvelous beauty, and incomprehensible grandeur of the universe. There are stars in heaven several hundred times larger than the earth and sea together. Consider also the infinite variety of creatures in all parts of the world, on the earth, in the air, and in the water, each with an organization so perfect that never has there been discovered in them anything superfluous or not suited to the end for which they are destined; and this truth is in no way weakened by the existence of monsters, which are but distortions of nature, due to the imperfection of created causes.

And this vast and majestic universe God created in a single instant, according to the opinion of St. Augustine and St. Clement of Alexandria; from nothing He drew being, without matter or element, instrument or model, unlimited by time or space. He created the whole world and all that is contained therein by a single act of His will. And He could as easily have created millions of worlds greater, more beautiful, and more populous than ours, and could as easily reduce them again to nothing.

Since, therefore, according to St. Denis, effects bear a proportion to their cause, what must be the power of a cause which has produced such effects? Yet all these great and perfect works are vastly inferior to their Divine Author. Who could not but be filled with admiration and astonishment in contemplating the greatness of such a Being? Though we cannot see it with our corporal eyes, yet the reflections we have just indicated must enable us in a measure to conceive the grandeur and incomprehensibility of His power.

St. Thomas, in his Summa Theologica, endeavors by the following argument to give us some idea of the immensity of God: We see, he tells us, that in material things that which excels in perfection also excels in quantity. Thus the water is greater than the earth, the air is greater than the water, and fire is greater than the air. The first heaven is more extensive than the element of fire, the second heaven is more extensive than the first, the third likewise exceeds the second, and so of the others till we come to the tenth sphere, or the empyreal heaven, to the grandeur and beauty of which nothing in the universe can be compared. Consequently the empyreal heavens, the finest and noblest of all the bodies which compose the universe, being incomparably greater than all the rest, we may infer, adds the Angelic Doctor, how far God, the first, the greatest, the most perfect of all beings, spiritual or corporal, and the Creator of all, exceeds them, not in material quantity – for He is a pure spirit – but in every possible perfection.

Thus we begin to understand, in some manner, what are the perfections of God, since they cannot but be in proportion to His being. For, as we read in Ecclesiasticus, "According to His greatness, so also is His mercy with Him." (Ecclus. 2:23). Nor are any of His other attributes less. Hence He is infinitely wise, infinitely merciful, infinitely just, infinitely good, and, therefore, infinitely worthy to be obeyed, feared, and reverenced by all creatures. Were the human heart capable of infinite homage, infinite love, it should offer them to this supreme Master. For if reverence and homage must be proportioned to the greatness and dignity of him to whom they are offered, then the homage we offer God should, if we were capable of it, be infinite also.

How great, then, is our obligation to love God, had He no other title to our love and service! What can he love who does not love such Goodness? What can he fear who does not fear this infinite Majesty? Whom will he serve who refuses to serve such a Master? And why was our will given to us, if not to embrace and love good? If, therefore, this great God be the Sovereign Good, why does not our will embrace it before all other goods? If it be a great evil not to love and reverence Him above all things, who can express the crime of those who love everything better than they love Him?

It is almost incredible that the malice and blindness of man can go so far; but yet, alas! How many there are who for a base pleasure, for an imaginary point of honor, for a vile and sordid interest, continually offend this Sovereign Goodness! There are others who go further and sin without any of these motives, through pure malice or habit. Oh! Incomprehensible blindness! Oh! More than brute stupidity! Oh! Rashness! Oh! Folly worthy of demons! What is the chastisement proportioned to the crime of those who thus despise their Maker? Surely none other than that which these senseless creatures will receive – the eternal fire of Hell.

Here, then, is the first motive which obliges us to love and serve God. This is an obligation so great that compared to it, all obligations to creatures, whatever their excellence or perfections, are only obligations in name. For as the perfections of creatures are mere imperfections compared with the perfections of God, so the obligations resulting therefrom cannot with justice be considered obligations when contrasted with those which we owe to God. Nor can our offences against the creature be regarded as offenses, except in name, when we remember the guilt we have incurred by our many sins against God.

For this reason David cried out, "Against thee only, O God, have I sinned" (Ps. 50:6), though he had sinned against Urias, whom he murdered; against the wife of Urias, whom he dishonored; and against his subjects, whom he scandalized. The penitent king knew that his offences against creatures, notwithstanding their different degrees of deformity, could not equal the enormity of his revolt against God. For God being infinite, our obligations towards Him and our offences against Him are, in a measure, infinite.

1,047 posted on 05/07/2009 3:49:11 AM PDT by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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To: GonzoII

MY DAILY BREAD


A Summary of the Spiritual Life
Simplified and Arranged
for Daily Reading,
Reflection and Prayer


By Anthony J. Paone, S.J. 1954
A meditation manual designed to take the reader through the various stages of spiritual growth (Arranged and edited by Br. Sean, a choir monk, 2008)

BOOK ONE:

The Way of Purification


PART ONE:

CONVERSION

CHAPTER 1

Man's Purpose on Earth

CHRIST: MY CHILD, the highest goal of your life is union with Me in Heaven. Let your intentions throughout the day be guided by this truth. In all things be sure to stay on the path which leads to Heaven. Do not become too deeply interested in the passing desires and brief enjoyments of this earthly life.

2. I have given you everything that you are and everything you have. All things come to you from Me, the Supreme Good. Whatever comes, accept it, use it, enjoy it, as I wish and as much as I wish.

3. If you think only of satisfying yourself, without considering My approval, your mind becomes confused and your will becomes weak. Mistakes and sins will rob you of

1,048 posted on 05/24/2009 12:50:42 PM PDT by GonzoII ("That they may be one...Father")
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1,049 posted on 06/07/2009 3:50:54 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Fight the bastards or perish! ~ Jim Robinson ~ Þ)
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1,050 posted on 06/07/2009 3:55:51 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Fight the bastards or perish! ~ Jim Robinson ~ ÞÞ)
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